Sevens Program Director & Men’s Head Coach
John Greally is originally from Galway, Ireland, where he played rugby for the National University of Ireland in Galway and represented Connacht at under-20 level. He began coaching at Yale University, subsequently joining the Lions coaching staff in 2002. He has performed coaching roles for the men’s and women’s 15s squads, but has focused on the Sevens Program in the club over the last several years. In October 2013 he participated in the IRANZ (http://www.iranz.co.nz) Sevens Coaching course as part of his ongoing restructuring of the Lions Sevens Program, and is a qualified and registered coach with USA Rugby.
Sevens Fitness Director & Assistant Coach
One of the four founders of Bard rugby Club. He captained Bard college Rugby for two year (97′,98′) and is still currently the clubs All Time points leader. Upon finishing Bard, a brief stint with the Lions before moving to the Hudson Valley and played 7′s rugby with the Albany Knicks for two summers including Qualifier division. In 2005 he moved back to NYC and instantly returned to the lions. After finally cracking the A side in 2007 he has played in over 60 consecutive league games. He has played under John Greally for eight summers before deciding to ask to become player coach for the Lions 7′s squad. His positions include 2nd Row, Back row and Center. He insists that his continued high level of play has less to do with skill, and more to do with fitness and self-care.
Rebecca Finlan joined the Lions in 2000 after graduating from Cornell University and playing with the CWRFC, ranked #12 Nationally at the time. An active player through 2010 (minus a short stint as Player/Coach for the MIT Women’s Rugby Team in 2003-2004), Rebecca has been an avid 7s and 15s player, spending most of her time in the backline as a scrumhalf, wing and fullback. She was part of the Lions National Division II Championship team in 2002 and has played with the Lions in Italy, Hong Kong, France and Spain. In 2008, she was tapped to be a player/coach and transitioned to the full-time Women’s 7s coach in 2012.